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Old 10-24-2011, 04:02 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I just went up over the new Guanella Pass Road yesterday.

The highway south from Georgetown is a masterpiece. Kudos to CDOT. Smooth ride, constructed in a way that enhances, rather than detracts from nature. Nice pullouts along several of the lakes on the way up toward the summit. Near and at the pass summit are extensive pullouts with spectacular views of Mount Bierstadt. On the way down toward Grant, the new road continues to past the last switchbacks below Duck Lake. Then the old, but paved, old road continues until the last approximately 4 miles, which is a not too good (but definitely passable with regular passenger cars), washboard gravel road. Personally, I'd suggest people go as far as the last switchback, and then backtrack to Georgetown. The lower segment of the road near Grant is not particularly scenic.
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Old 10-24-2011, 10:33 AM
 
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Didn't know they had worked on the road.

Always wanted to go up there but never made it, so maybe next summer.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:09 AM
 
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It's been years since I've been over that pass. Thanks for the "heads up" phetaroi, that area is beautiful. I'm not surprised of the quality of work CDOT does, they've always done good. Always.
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Old 10-24-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Wink How Passable?

Not entirely clear on this. Is the entire distance of the Guanella Pass road, from Georgetown to Grant, passable by regular passenger cars? Would it be a generally good gravel road, or passable if driving carefully in places so as not to leave one's oil pan on a rock?

Thanks.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Not entirely clear on this. Is the entire distance of the Guanella Pass road, from Georgetown to Grant, passable by regular passenger cars? Would it be a generally good gravel road, or passable if driving carefully in places so as not to leave one's oil pan on a rock?

Thanks.
Yes, entire distance is passable by regular passenger car, but the last 4 miles is very rough. No, you won't hit rocks that will damage the underside of your car, but it very washboard-ish. Again, I would recommend that you stop at the beginning of the gravel road (going south) and return north. Particularly since that last 4 miles is not scenic at all.
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Old 10-24-2011, 11:27 PM
 
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Thanks. Good to know the status of this pass.
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Old 10-25-2011, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Drove it recently while under construction and I must say I was expecting something far worse than I got. Only did Georgetown to the Pass, but even the construction delays were minor concerns. The road was surprisingly smooth and easy to follow, even in fog.
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